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FDA Adds Boldest Warning to Commonly-Prescribed Painkillers Like Vicodin and Percocet

March 22, 2016

(Associated Press) – Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely used prescription painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to reverse an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday plans to add a boxed warning – the most serious type – to all immediate-release opioid painkillers, which include more than 220 branded and generic drugs.

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